Detecting scores on Twitter is done by performing a Twitter search for the hashtag allocated to the next featured match. If any resulting tweet contains two separate single-digit numbers, these are assumed to be scores and assigned to home and away teams respectively. The order of the scores is the important thing. All the other text is ignored. You can only tweet a score prediction for one match at a time.
The #hashfootery Twitter listener starts up at 10am every morning and searches Twitter every few minutes until the kickoff of the first featured match that day.
The following examples would be acceptable for a Liverpool vs Man Utd match with hashtag #liveman:
- I predict 3-2 #liveman
- Liverpool 2 Man Utd 2 #liveman
- 0:0 #liveman
- @hashfootery #liveman 1-1
- #liveman Scousers 0 - 0 Mancs
If all goes well, you will receive an automated Twitter reply from @hashfootery acknowledging your score prediction. If you're having difficulty, you can also edit your prediction on the Predictions page on this website.
Currently Twitter users who protect their tweets must use the website to manage predictions as their tweets will not be picked up in a Twitter search.